Grooming Report

Friday, February 15, 2019

Weather and Snow: -9C, 7cm new snow overnight, 55cm new snow this week, total snowpack heights around 230cm.

Groomed: Lower Morrissey, Summit Trail, Coal Creek Parking Lot, lower Coal Creek road building in preparation for weekend opening. Corbin scheduled to be groomed later today.

Groomer’s Report

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Weather and Snow Update: -11C, ocm new snow overnight, 30cm in the last 48 hours, 48cm in the past 72 hours, total snowpack height around 230cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, road building work continues on Coal Creek trail and staging area. See Sunday’s Groomer Report for more information and updates on Coal Creek. Both Morrissey lots plowed yesterday.

Groomer’s Report

Monday, February 11, 2019

Weather and Snow:-19C,  few cm of new snow overnight, light winds, total snowpack height variable but hovering around 2 meters.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Rolling Hills cabin down Coal Creek Trail to Matheson

Coal Creek Update:

We were given the green light two weeks ago to commence snow road building activities up Coal Creek by the private landowner as they had finished timber harvesting activities in that area for the season. The FSA immediately hired heavy equipment to assist blading snow back into the road from the banks in advance of sending the snowcat down the trail to complete the delicate task of actual trail building and grooming.
 
In anticipation of an opening, our snowcat operators had been maintaining the trail from the Rolling Hills Cabin to Paige’s Draw all season which left that stretch in excellent condition. However, work below this junction has proven difficult due to large rocks/woody debris left on the trail. As of last Sunday PM we were able to complete a significant amount of clearing/building down to the Matheson junction while still maintaining our 4 day a week grooming schedule.
 
Mother Nature threw us some help yesterday with 30cm of new snow! This new snow is ‘bridging’ over the crud and allowing us to continue efforts with day cat work this week as we tediously pack and re-establish a safe and groomable trail down the last stretch to the staging area.
 
Your Safety: Please note that recent logging activity has created new avalanche paths affecting the road and your exposure while riding on the trail (above the switchbacks, just after the bridge). We will be working with avalanche professionals to mitigate grooming access in this area as we do with the lower CC slide paths under the operational direction of our Avalanche Safety Plan. There is a buncher head and water tank that we will be marking off with flagging and, when conditions permit, a snow berm. At this time, the CC staging area is occupied by a few remaining slash piles limiting available parking opportunities this winter.
 
We will continue to post updates via our social media channels, the groomer’s reports on our website, and we will also distribute an email to members once Coal Creek is officially open for access. Please note that the BEST quality groomed trails and parking will be via the Morrissey Staging area this weekend. A reminder that you can access the same sledding areas traditionally available from CC via Morrissey (there is, in fact, quicker access to and more km of grooming available on that side of the trail network). Both Morrissey lots plowed this AM.

Groomer’s Report

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Weather and Snow: -27C, light winds, no new snow overnight, total height of snowpack variable but hovering around 2 meters.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Notch Trail, Summit Trail, East McEvoy Trail.

Coal Creek Update: We were given the green light last week to commence snow road building activities by the private landowner as they had completed timber harvesting activities in the Coal Creek area for the season. We have since hired heavy equipment to assist blading snow back on to the road from the banks in advance of sending the snowcat down the trail to complete the delicate task of actual trail building and grooming. The trail is in excellent winter condition from the Rolling Hills Cabin to Paige’s Draw. However, we are currently unable to continue work below Paige’s Draw down to the Coal Creek Staging Area due to pieces of logging equipment and significant debris including logs and rocks  (see photos). The Coal Creek staging area is currently occupied by several slash piles and other debris which are prohibiting safe usage at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and will work towards rebuilding the road as conditions permit but at this time, with no significant snowfall in the forecast, there is no ETA to having this staging area open for public this season. Please use Morrissey as your alternate access. Hartly, Ram, and Corbin staging areas also open.

Groomer’s Report

Friday, February 8, 2019

Weather and Snow: -15C, 8cm new snow overnight, 40cm new snow in the past 7 days, total snowpack height variable but hovering around 2 meters.

Avalanche Canada SPECIAL PUBLIC AVALANCHE WARNING in effect for our riding areas. Please read here.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Summit Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Notch Trail, McEvoy East Trail.

Coal Creek Update: We were given the green light last week to commence snow road building activities by the private landowner as they had completed timber harvesting activities in the Coal Creek area for the season. We have since hired heavy equipment to assist blading snow back on to the road from the banks in advance of sending the snowcat down the trail to complete the delicate task of actual trail building and grooming. The trail is in excellent winter condition from the Rolling Hills Cabin to Paige’s Draw. However, we are currently unable to continue work below Paige’s Draw down to the Coal Creek Staging Area due to pieces of logging equipment and significant debris including logs and rocks  (see photos). The Coal Creek staging area is currently occupied by several slash piles and other debris which are prohibiting safe usage at this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and will work towards rebuilding the road as conditions permit but at this time, with no significant snowfall in the forecast, there is no ETA to having this staging area open for public this season. Please use Morrissey as your alternate access. Hartly, Ram, and Corbin staging areas also open.

Groomer’s Report

Monday, February 4, 2019

Weather and Snow: -22C, few cm of new snow, total snowpack height variable but around 2 meters.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, road building from Rolling Hills Cabin down to Paige’s Draw. Please note that we have the green light to commence re-building the snowroad down to Coal Creek; however, there is substantial debris and large rocks which are prohibiting efforts to groom the trail. Traveling on Coal Creek via snowmobile is not recommended at this time. We will continue to monitor and work towards a solution. Please note that Coal Creek staging area is also home to a substantial amount of slash pile blocking / limiting any parking or staging options at this time.

 

Groomer’s Report

Sunday, January 3, 2019

Weather and Snow: -17C, moderate to strong winds, 0cm new snow overnight, 32cm in the last 48 hours, snowpack heights variable around 210cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail (regular grooming plus some additional clean up), Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Notch. Corbin groomed yesterday (-23C this AM).

Coal Creek: please note that we are working to rebuild the staging area and trail to Paige’s Draw – heavy equipment is currently operating to delicately blade in the snowbanks and sift out debris in preparation for grooming operations. A reminder that it is illegal to snowmobile on a plowed forest service road in BC. We would like to ask that sledders DO NOT travel in this area or park your vehicles on the road as we cannot build the snow road if people or vehicles are in the way.

Grooming Report

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Weather and Snow: 3C at valley bottom, -1C at cabin elevation, 35cm new snow overnight, total snowpack heights hovering around 210cm

Grooming: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Notch, McEvoy East to the Pipeline Extention. Heavy wet snow below the Summit Trail turn off but good dry powder sledding at upper elevations. Please note that due to elevated avalanche hazard some grooming routes may be modified over the next 24 hours. Corbin is scheduled to be groomed this afternoon from staging area to Rain Guage.

Coal Creek: please note that we are working to rebuild the staging area and trail to Paige’s Draw – heavy equipment is currently operating to delicately blade in the snowbanks and sift out debris in preparation for grooming operations. A reminder that it is illegal to snowmobile on a plowed forest service road in BC. We would like to ask that sledders DO NOT travel in this area or park your vehicles on the road as we cannot build the snow road if people or vehicles are in the way.

Groomer’s Report

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Weather and Snow: -4C, no new snow, total snowpack around 180cm.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, Notch, McEvoy East to Pipeline Extension. New trailname signs added.

Coal Creek Update: Private land owner has advised they have completed timberharvesting activities and we have the green light to commence road building for snowmobiles / snowcat. Please note that it is illegal to snowmobile on a plowed forest service road in BC and that we will have our heavy equipment working through the remainder of the week to delicately blade in the banks and get the trail installed – we know you are excited but please give us a few more days to complete this work without the added challenge of working around additional traffic (we can’t build a snow road it if means plowing in a truck / trailer that has parked up the road!). We appreciate your cooperation.

Groomer’s Report

Monday, January 28, 2019

Weather and Snow: -2C, 5cm new snow overnight, total snowpack height is variable but 180cm plus.

Groomed: Morrissey Trail, Doug Dean Trail, Summit Trail, McEvoy East to Pipeline Extention, Notch.